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We want nothing more than for our cherished family members to be taken care of in their golden years. For many people that means entrusting their care to a skilled nursing home facility such as Lexington Health Care. We may not have the means to be able to properly care for our aging relatives, but a nursing home can provide the quality health, mental, and social care they need.
What happens when the home you so carefully chose, chooses to turn its back on your family members’ wellbeing? The unfortunate reality is that not everyone takes their job as caregiver seriously, and not every nursing home properly vets or monitors their staff.
The facts are staggering. According to numbers from the World Health Organization, between 2017 and 2018, at least 1 in 6 adults over the age of 60 suffered some form of abuse while in a nursing home setting. Even more alarming is the fact that 2 in 3 nursing home staff have admitted that they have actively abused the elderly. While you may have done your homework, nursing home staff come and go, and abuse can happen at any time.
If you have a family member at a nursing home and suspect that they may be suffering from some form of abuse, don’t hesitate to call Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC. We will investigate your claims with compassion and sensitivity. Call (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation. Our attorneys can give you the advice you need to protect your family.
The Nursing Home Abuse Center defines nursing home abuse as any type of action that harms an elderly resident in a nursing home or long-term care facility. What typically jumps out to people as “abuse” is the act of physical abuse, some type of violent action. However, there are several types of abuse that can happen in a nursing home setting, including physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse.
Not all abuse leaves a mark. It can be easier to identify abuse when there are obvious signs like bruises, broken bones, and bedsores. However, abuse takes many different forms in a nursing home facility. This guide will help give you a better idea of the many different forms that abuse can take:
One of the best ways you can protect your loved ones is to remain vigilant and be aware of the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse. Again, it may not be as simple as noticing new bruises or another broken bone. The signs of emotional and even financial abuse can be subtle and hard to detect.
It’s up to you to be your loved one’s most dedicated advocate because, according to the Office of the Inspector General, nursing home and elder abuse are woefully under-reported, and studies have shown that older adults who suffer abuse have a substantially higher risk of death. You can help prevent your loved one from becoming another statistic by looking out for some of these signs of abuse:
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While this is not a comprehensive list, it gives you a good idea of what to look for when it comes to the signs of abuse. Trust your instincts. If you feel like something is just not right with your family member, then it may be time to investigate further or ask for help.
At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we take nursing home abuse accusations very seriously. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate suspected acts of abuse at a nursing home. If you feel like something is not right, don’t be afraid to act. The longer you wait, the more your family member suffers.
We are dedicated to protecting the rights of you and your family members while holding negligent facilities and their staff accountable for their actions. Reach out to us at (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation.